27.10.1941 No. 610 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7671 P/O. Leckie
Date: 27th October 1941 (Monday)
Unit: No. 610 Squadron. 12 Group (motto: Alifero tollitur axe ceres - 'Ceres rising in a winged chariot')
Type: Spitfire IIa
Base: RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire
Location: Whinhill Farm, Driffield
Pilot: P/O. Thomas William McClure Leckie NZ/402196 RNZAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Understood to have had a serious accident during landing on return from an operational sortie on Wednesday, 18th June 1941 - suffering spinal injuries. He recovered at Goodwood hospital.
During aerobatic practice the Spitfire stalled and spun into the ground at 14:50 hrs. It is thought that the pilot blacked out during one of the manoeuvres perhaps linked to the earlier accident.
P/O. Thomas William McClure Leckie. Leconfield Churchyard (St. Catherine). Row B. Grave 8. Born on the 06th March 1917 at Wellington, the son of Frank Maxwell Leckie and Irene Myra L'Estelle Leckie (née Taplin), of Heretaunga, Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to service worked for Levin and Company as a shipping clerk. A total of 266 flying hours logged and completed 10 operational sorties.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire of New Zealand and also to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: